The Home Cruise

IMG_6313                                                          Photo taken by me in Karak Jordan

The Home Cruise


Reclining on a pinkish sandstone balcony

It is now our family ship

In the windy night.

Under blankets, sipping tea,

Our head-scarves billow out like sails

As we cruise our ocean safely

In God’s sight.

My brother is the captain of the voyage,

He smokes narguila

In the only plastic chair,

While we women snuggle under

Feeling safe and warm,

He talks of ageless wisdom,

Expels his words with smoke

To the chilly air.

I have returned to the

Arab womb of family

The shared stories,

Hospitality and care.

The lights of a small village

In the distance

Twinkle to invite

Our joyous boat to dock

While loving stories,

We do share.

Oh is there anything at all better

Than to cruise in total harmony?

The feeling of the swell

Is like euphoria,

While we nod on our

Land-locked balcony

Rock ourselves to sleep at sea.

Karima Hoisan
Karak Jordan

*Feeling nostalgic as I won’t be able to travel back to Jordan this year

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24 Responses to The Home Cruise

  1. daleinnis says:

    Beautiful and nostalgic. I would love to be a passenger on a ship just like that…

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  2. So beautiful, both your words and the photo!

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  3. Aaysid says:

    This is so beautiful!💕

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  4. you won’t be able to because of the pandemic? 😦

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  5. marcdbaker says:

    Hi Karima, I looked at your post and I do not see a picture of you or a kayak. Who is this Jordan guy ? I don’t see a picture of him either. You have a lot of people that enjoy your blog! I am very jealous ! Very few people read my blog. Must be something I said. Sending you good thoughts and wishes. And please get a better camera Karima !

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    • Hi interesting confusion…The picture was taken by me, not of me, in my hometown of Karak Jordan(country) in The Middle East. It is a picture of the balcony where my family would spend these special nights…The view is of the castle of Karak.

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      • marcdbaker says:

        Hi Karima, It is a beautiful photo. It is true that, ” There is no place like home !”. The Kayak was just my weird sense of humor. I meant no disrespect. I know very little about your native Jordan. Is King Hussein still alive ? Is he the King that married an American?
        Queen Noir ? I will look it up. I obviously am not very “global” or globally informed. What is the glowing light on top of the building in the distance ? is that a Mosque? I have been many places but never to a Arabic country. It is a very beautiful photograph ! I seem to remember that the country of Jordan is shaped like a butterfly ?? Yes ? No ?
        No offense, just my lack of travel and education.

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    • Thank you Marc,
      King Hussein passed away more than 20 years ago..His son Abdullah ll is now king and his wife is Queen Rania.
      Best wishes,


  6. Joey says:

    What a lovely image you paint here, Karima ❤ I feel the warmth in your love for the family and home. May you be able to be with them again in harmony soon!

    Hugs, Joey

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  7. What a beautiful portrait of family time spent together! Thanks for sharing.

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  8. Jeff Flesch says:

    Looks like my comment didn’t make it to you. I loved this, the concept of the ship sailing into the familial shore. I hope you get to visit your fam soon, Karima. ❤️

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  9. There is a wonderful sense of hiraeth here. Very nicely portrayed. I recall similar feelings when leaving Ynys Mon in 1998 on my way to Manchester airport to fly to Washington. I am sure travel will return.

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    • Thank you so much, David, for your comment…and you taught me a new Welsh word, “hiraeth” It’s perfect for this poem!! Yes, inshAllah travel, the pandemic and the economy will all get better, but for this Ramadan (around April 1) I won’t be able to do it. Moments like the one in this poem, like you experienced too..stay with us forever.


  10. KK says:

    Nostalgia never goes away, Karima! I wish you go sometimes when situation permits. 😊💐💖

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